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News - Date: 29 October 2015
Written by: Kaizer Nengovhela / Viewed: 5478
Thousands of mourners from different walks of life came together to pay their last respects to Thovhele Vho-Alpheus Mulima last Friday.
The funeral was attended by the Minister of Communications, Ms Faith Muthambi,Vhavenda King Toni Mphephu Ramabulana, MEC for Coghsta Makoma Makhurupetje and many chiefs around Vhembe.
According to sources close to the family, the chief had been in and out of hospital battling poor health since late last year and he passed away a fortnight ago. Many described him as a good adviser and role model for the community.
During the funeral, he was praised for his successful leadership since he took over as chief 36 years ago. MEC Makhurupetje said that the the traditional leader had been a hardworking and committed leader and she urged villagers to unite and work together for the good and the benefit of the community.
Vhavenda King Toni Mphephu Ramabulana said Thovhele Mulima had been a determined and a faithful leader who had had a strong passion for development. "It will surely be a great challenge to fill the void that that has been opened through the death of Mulima, as there are few people of his calibre," he said.
He urged the people of Mulima to unite and work together in order to build a good relationship with the government to enable service delivery. Mphephu described Mulima as a fallen hero who had been full of vision. He said that the chief had been involved in a number of developmental projects in his community.
"By no way shall his mentality not be counted among the African intellectuals of our time. As we remember him, let us not mourn his departure, but let’s forever celebrate the legacy that he has left behind," said Mphephu.
Photographed from left to right are the MEC for Coghsta, Makoma Makhurupetje, King Toni Mphephu Ramabulana and the Minister of Communications, Ms Faith Muthambi.
Kaizer Nengovhela started writing stories for Limpopo Mirror more than a decade ago, in 2 000. Prior to that he had a five year stint at Phala-Phala FM as sports presenter. In 2005 Kaizer received an award from the province's premier as Best Sports Presenter. The same year he was also nominated as Best Sports Reporter by the Makhado Municipality. Kaizer was awarded the Mathatha Tsedu award in 2014.
Thovhele Vho-Alpheus Mulima, funeral